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Ruthin School
Mold Road, LL15 1EE Ruthin
01824 702543

Welcome to Ruthin School

  • Set in the Vale of Clwyd
  • 1 hr from Manchester International airport
  • Co-educational, Day and Boarding (weekly, full and flexible)
  • Ages 3-18
  • Educating the whole person
  • A wide range of extra-curricular opportunities

Our Mission

Teacher and pupil in discussion
  • Ruthin School is committed to providing an education of the highest quality, endeavouring to develop the potential of all pupils, in all spheres of education.
  • The pupils develop self confidence through recognising and building upon their strengths as well as identifying and striving to improve their weaknesses.
  • They are thus prepared to face the challenges of the changing world beyond school.
  • Overriding everything is our belief that individual attention leads to higher individual performances.

Inspection Report Comments

 "...The school is characterised by various worthwhile features. These include a most supportive environment, high quality teaching and learning in a range of departments and an approach that allows the majority of pupils to achieve standards that are at least commensurate with what might be expected of them..."

"...Two strengths of the school are its small size and its friendliness. A sound pastoral and support system is in place that incorporates excellent careers support and guidance..."

Ruthin School History

The Queen's visit in 1984
  • Ruthin School can trace its origins back to 1284 when Edward I built a castle and with it a garrison chapel which was later assimilated by St Peter's Church.
  • After the Reformation a former pupil, Gabriel Goodman, Dean of Westminster to Elizabeth I, refounded Ruthin School in 1574 as a centre of academic excellence in North Wales and it was granted a Royal Charter.
  • The School moved to its present site in the early 1890s and was honoured by a visit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to mark its septecentenary in 1984.
  • Over the years there have been a number of developments. Most recently these include:
      • - A new Science and Technology block
      • - The acquisition of new boarding accommodation
      • - A new fitness suite
      • - A new Sports Hall
      • - Upgrading of the boarding facilities
  • A great tradition of the School is the annual Hill-fort Run.
  • More information on the history of Ruthin School can be found in the book,
    'Ruthin School - The First Seven Centuries' - available from the School.


  • Ruthin School is committed to providing a first class education for all its pupils, whilst catering for pupils with a wide range of abilities.
  • Pupils are closely monitored with:
    • Weekly assessment of Merits/Demerits
    • Weekly tutorial meetings
    • Half-termly ratings
    • Termly Parents meetings
    • Termly reports
    • Supervised prep/study
    • Daily report cards where applicable
    • Senior Management Report
  • The curriculum is broad based and balanced. Sciences are taught as separate subjects throughout. A Science and Technology block was constructed in the late 1990s and provides excellent accommodation for the Science, DT, and Art departments.
  • A second modern foreign language, at present, German is introduced at the beginning of Year 8. Welsh has been introduced in Year 7.
  • Value added tests - administered by the University of Durham - are undertaken. The results indicate the value added to a child's education by being at Ruthin. 

Junior School

Rafting at Blue Peris
  • The Junior School, housed in an adjoining building, has its own head. There are some 70 pupils aged from 3 to 11.
  • The Junior School has access to Senior School facilities and expertise.
    Each class has its own teacher but there is specialist teaching in most subjects at Key Stage 2.
  • Class size range from 10-15.
  • Above average results in National tests at Key Stages 1 and 2.
  • The Junior School offers a broad, well-balanced and sound education in a caring atmosphere
  • Pupils develop an awareness of their strengths and limitations
  • Pupils develop confidence and self-expression.
  • The Junior School has high expectations in terms of work, behaviour and manners.
  • Most members of the Junior School continue their education in the Senior School.
  • Close monitoring of progress is achieved through half-term ratings, termly reports and parents' conferences
  • A good range of sporting, musical and dramatic activities are available.


More information on the Junior school can be found in the prospectus available for download below.

 Junior School Prospectus (0.3MB)


Further Information

To request a prospectus, arrange a visit or for more more information, please contact the School in one of the following ways:

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